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Hope in God?

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Why are you in despair, O my soul? And why have you become disturbed within me? Hope in God, for I shall yet praise Him, The help of my countenance and my God.

Psalm 42:11 (NIV)

In moments of great turmoil it is so easy to lose confidence in what our Heavenly Father can do for us. Someone that knew this all too well was Sarah. She had lost hope in ever having a child. She was old, dried up and stopped believing that it could ever happen for her.

When the angel told Abraham they would have a child, she laughed (Gen 18:12). Not a laugh of joy, but one that expressed: Yeah right!  She scoffed. In that moment all her pain and disappointment was expressed in that laugh. In that laugh she showed that all hope of ever having a child was gone.

Do you question God’s ability to come through for you when you are faced with what seems an impossible situation? If He can be so concerned about nature (St Matt 6:26, 28-30) then surely what matters to you as His child, matters to Him! What have you been trusting God for that you no longer believe is possible? When faced with the impossible, it is very easy to doubt that what you are asking for, or waiting on will ever come to pass. That is exactly what Sarah experienced. It is one thing to believe in God, it is totally different to have faith (trust, reliance) in Him to come through for you.

Faith is more than just ‘trying harder’ to believe. Rather, faith develops as you deepen you relationship with God. A deepening relationship with your Heavenly Father can only develop as you get to ‘know’ Him through His Word, a snapshot of who He is.

Do you dare to throw caution to the wind and speak to your heart and say ‘Hope in God’. Let me assure you, when all else fails, God will not fail! In your darkest moment, God is a Father that you can trust. He is the one that you can turn to in moments of darkness and uncertainty, because when nothing appears hopeful, in God you can have hope. So yes, you can ‘Hope in God’.

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